Month: January 2022

Naval News – NATO Allies start Neptune Strike 22 Maritime Exercise – 24.01.2022

Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) and U.S. Sixth Fleet (SIXTHFLT) began the 12 day maritime exercise “Neptune Strike ’22” on Monday January 24th in the Mediterranean Sea amid fears of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The USS HARRY S. TRUMAN aircraft carrier, along with her carrier strike group and air wing are the …

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Fishing Vessels – Greek trawler KAPETAN GIANNOS III

One of the very few Greek trawler seen in the Maltese Islands was the 1973 built trawler KAPETAN GIANNOS III that was seen during Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season 2007. She was built in France with 20 metres length and 6.30 metres beam with 3.05 metres as draught. Her GRT was 20 tons while her …

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Passenger Ships – PALOMA I

One of the Polish built ships originally bound for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the 1980 built ferry DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH from a Class of 7 as Project B492/B493 by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland. She was the lead of her class which she was named for the Soviet era Russian composer …

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Tanker News – P-Max tanker STENA PERROS sold – January 2022

Concordia Maritime announced it has entered into a contract for the sale of the P-MAX panamax tanker STENA PERROS. The buyer is an oil company with operations in Africa and delivery is scheduled for the end of January. Concordia says the sale will have a positive liquidity effect of about $1.4m, although the sale price …

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Yachting – 2014 built Mangusta 165 model PUMPKIN at Malta – January 2022

One of 8 built Mangusta 165 models, a 49.9 metre motor yacht PUMPKIN is currently at Malta moored at Grand Harbour Marina. She was last seen moored at Manoel Island Marina back to April 2018. She was built in Italy by Overmarine Srl of Viareggio and delivered in 2014. Her maximum speed is 37 knots …

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Yacht Transportation – DEO VOLENTE loading at Malta -18.01.2022

On Tuesday 18th January, 2022 the 2007 built Multi Purpose (MPP) Ship DEO VOLENTE entered Grand Harbour, Malta passing breakwaters at 1534 hrs coming from Corfu, Greece. She proceeded to Laboratory Wharf port side alongside, Valletta Gateway Terminals (VGT). She was secured at 1600 hrs. At 1615 hrs she starting loading operation for the BLUE GAME 60 …

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Towage – Cargo Ship EVALUNA towed to Malta for repairs – January 2022

On Saturday 1st January 2022 the 2011 built General Cargo Ship EVALUNA reported to VTS that she was in restricted manoeuvrability due to gearbox problems around 38 nautical miles offshore Malta coming from Bizerte, Tunisia. After towage arrangements were done the 38 metre tug SPINOLA let Grand Harbour at 1204 hrs and reaching the ship …

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Vehicle Carriers – ADIGE

One of the vehicle carriers owned by Grimaldi Lines was the 1976 built ADIGE. She was built in Japan by Honda Heavy Industries at Saiki as the general cargo ship BLUE PEGASUS with yard no 634 until a year later where she was converted into a car carrier and emerged as PEGASUS ACE trading until …

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Virtu Ferries – 42.2 metres High Speed Craft GOZO EXPRESS to join the fleet for Malta-Gozo route in Q1 of 2022.

On Thursday 13th January, 2022 Virtu Ferries announced it has purchased a new High Speed Craft at a cost of €7 million, for use on the Malta-Gozo route. The High Speed Craft (HSC) GOZO EXPRESS was designed by the Incat Crowther company of Australia. She is 42.2 m long and can carry 322 passengers in …

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Special Purpose Vessels – 2 Floating Docks sold from Sicily to Turkey – January 2022

During May 2021 the Palermo based company Vulcano Shipyard Srl won the auction for the purchase of the two floating docks of 19,000 tons and 52,000 tons located in the port of Palermo. The largest one of 52,000 tons left Palermo to Yalova, Turkey last September after she was sold for 2,041,000 Euros and she was …

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